[bactttoma] Re: From Steven Taylor. Letter from Melton Shire.

  • From: "Franklin Brent" <BFranklin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 11:22:56 +1000

Hi,

I'd point out the start that costs shouldn't enter in to it, I like what
you are saying, but would change the order, as costs seem to be the main
issue here. I'd also get the local paper to contact Danny, as they
wouldn't consider his response good. 

I think you also need to get from him a written letter that he writes to
the contractors and there response. 

Not good enough by far,

Brent. 

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Subject: [bactttoma] From Steven Taylor. Letter from Melton Shire.


From Steven Taylor.

Letter from Melton Shire.

Regarding.  Holes in footpaths.

Dear Steven.

My name is Danny and I am charged with the responsibility of hiring
contractors to do works around the shire of Melton.

I received your message which was only passed on to me yesterday Tuesday
morning.

A few things I would like to address.

The after hours service is designed for emergencies such as birst water
mains, trees in the way of cars and emergency gas works.

The emergency service we have doesn't cover this type of report.

This is due to costs.

You informed the Shire that you called police.

In the future, we would please kindly ask you to report this  type of
matter to me during business hours.

We are satisfied with the barriers the police organised as they complied
with our health and safety guide lines.

In relation to the contractors.

I will speak to the contractors today Tuesday to remind them of our
health and safety guide lines and will in this case appoint an inspector
to assure compliance in the future.

I apologise if this work is causing you inconvenience and I do
understand you are blind and were concerned about the safety of other
blind residents of the shire.

You can call me during business hours.

He included a phone number.

What do people think?

Here is my response, note, not sent just yet, may have to edit it a bit.

Well Danny, the thing is the second hole was spotted on Saturday, does
this mean somebody who is blind or god forbid a child or a senior
pensioner has to fall in on Sunday afternoon and we can't contact anyone
until Monday morning?

and Danny, you say I have to speak to you, so does this mean if you are,
sick, on holidays, or not in the office and it is business hours, I must
wait until the next business day?

I am a bush lawyer Danny I have no legal qualifications to speak of, but
common sense tells me the shire and contractors are liable should god
forbid somebody falls in these holes whilst we wait for a business hour
when you happen to be available to speak too.

I have an excellent relationship with my local police station and give
them as much as they give me and for that, I make no apologies.

The  police lady  officer I and my daughter spoke with was so disturbed,
they took in this case both immediate and completely appropriate action
for which,  they should be applauded.

If I see  or hear or I am notified of something like this again and it
is outside business hours Danny, you can be assured I will contact every
after hours authority I know of including police, and in the future,
should appropriate action  not be taken by all parties immediately,
media outlets as well.

It is completely unacceptable that your after hours service doesn't have
a way of at least logging this, to say costs are prohibitive, is an
extremely poor excuse.

I was not just concerned with the safety of blind residents of the
shire, in fact, if you have read the police report, my statement reads.

"I am extremely concerned for the health, safety and accessibility of
every single person in the shire including residents and visitors"

I wonder who covers costs if it was a visitor who happened to fall down
either one of the 2 holes?

Rest assured Danny Peter has received a copy of this letter and my
response.

I also sent a copy to the mayer of the shire as well.

In the future Danny, I hope to see  and read more appropriate responses
and correspondents.

Regards.


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